PERSONAL EFFECTS: DARK ART
“This is the future of storytelling, and it’s a thrilling ride.”
–Anthony E. Zuiker, creator/executive producer of the CSI: franchise
“It will linger in your thoughts, challenge your sense of self, and transform every benign shadow into something to fear.”
–Daniel Myrick, co-writer/director of The Blair Witch Project
“(I)mpossible to put down. Terrifying, steeped in dread and populated with vibrant and complex characters. It’s a journey you won’t soon forget.”
–Jeffrey Reddick, writer of Final Destination
J.C.’s 2009 supernatural thriller, Personal Effects: Dark Art, was one of the first transmedia novels created for adults. Publisher’s Weekly gave the book a starred review, calling it a “stellar first.” Library Journal said Dark Art “may herald the future of modern fiction.”
Co-written with digital storytelling pioneer Jordan Weisman, Dark Art follows the extensive notes of art therapist Zach Taylor’s investigation into the life and madness of Martin Grace, an accused serial killer who claims to have foreseen, but not caused, his victims’ deaths. The items among Grace’s personal effects are the keys to understanding his haunted past ... and finding the terrifying truth the patient hoped to keep buried.
Dark Art combined the experience of a traditional thriller novel with a transmedia-fueled “out of book” narrative. Clues in the novel — and items that came with the novel, such as ID cards and photos — propelled readers into an online experience where they became investigators, learning more about Grace's mystery than hero Zach Taylor ever could.